Greenhouse LIVE’s youth artistic talent to support environmental justice

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Richmond Art Center (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

Greenhouse LIVE, a youth talent showcase featuring music, spoken word and visual art—and which calls for justice amid the environmental crisis—is coming to the Richmond Art Center (RAC) Fri., Sept. 22 from 5-8 p.m. The event is free-admission.

Showcasing their art in support of environmental justice will be spoken word artists Anizha a.k.a. Spoken Soul; Damien Rozell Pope Jr.; and Tajanique Bell, as well as singer Lai’john Hawkins, who will give a performance, and visual artist Belle Garcia.

The RAC said that the multifaceted event will also celebrate the launch of its new mural, Epic Struggle/Battle Royal, created during summer 2023 in a youth public arts program. The program explored ways to combine muralismo, technology, advocacy and storytelling.

Youth between the ages of 16 to 24 can sign up for to perform in the open mic section of the event by emailing Kimberly Ross at [email protected]. Youth should provide their name and art sample/s (poetry, music or artwork) as attachments or links, per the RAC.

The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond. Greenhouse LIVE is a collaboration with Stu212, a nonprofit providing music therapy, health and wellness programs, financial literacy and mentorship for youth.